Your Questions Answered: Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR)

When it comes to your property, it is vital to stay informed and proactive. Doing so can save time and money, while preserving the continuity of your operations. Today, we are answering the most common questions we hear about Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR).

What is GPR?

GPR stands for Ground Penetrating Radar. This is a technology that is utilized to get real-time images below ground, revealing pipelines, wires, fire lines, water lines, and utilities that cannot be discoverable with traditional methods.

How Does GPR Work?

GPR is a geophysical method that uses radar pulses to penetrate and map the subsurface of the earth. It uses high-frequency radio waves and transmits a signal into the ground. When the waves hits a buried object the receiving antenna records variations in the reflected return signal. GPR can be used in a variety of media, including rock, soil, ice, pavements and structures. It can detect objects, changes in material, and voids and cracks.

Who Should Use GPR?

All property owners can benefit from the use of GPR technology to detect utilities and any other structures that may impede upon existing buildings or plans for future construction. GPR can provide insight, unlike any other utility detection technology, that reveals vital information to save you time and money in the long run.

If you are planning an upcoming construction project, GPR can be especially useful. You will need to know the information about your property that GPR technology can reveal in order to plan and prepare.

The cost of not detecting utilities and pipes beneath the surface of your property can be catastrophic. Constructing a building where the ground is not stable, causing a pipe to burst, or creating costly electrical or communications problems are all possible outcomes when proper utility detection is not completed.

What Are the Benefits of GPR?

Without the need to dig or destruct your property, GPR is one of the safest and least destructive methods for locating utility lines below the surface. This is especially important for those who have existing above ground structures and want to avoid disrupting business continuity or incurring greater costs.

Not only is GPR technology one of the least invasive technologies of its kind, it is also one of the most accurate. Our UDS Civils team is trained and equipped with the knowledge and experience necessary to maximize the capabilities of GPR technology and accurately assess the types and locations of below ground structures and utilities.

Finally, utilizing GPR is a vital preventative measure to reduce future costs. An investment now will allow you to fully understand the complexities of your property and your facilities for years to come. You will prevent accidental damages and reduce the cost of planning future construction projects.

If you are interested in learning more about GPR and how your property could benefit, contact UDS Civils. We would be happy to answer any questions and help you identify the right services for your needs.


Please note we will be closed on 14 December 2018 and will reopen on 14 January 2019.

Thank you to all of our wonderful clients for a great year — we look forward to what 2019 will bring.

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